The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development
Spokesperson


Paris - June 27, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Saudi Arabia – Meetings held by Jean-Marc Ayrault (Paris - June 27-28, 2016)

◢  Organization of Islamic Cooperation – Iftar (Quai d'Orsay - June 27, 2016)

◢  Prague / Jean-Marc Ayrault's participation in a meeting of the Visegrad Group together with his German counterpart (June 27, 2016) – Reminder of the spokesperson's statement

◢  United Nations / International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26, 2016) – Reminder of the spokesperson's statement

◢  United Nations / International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (June 26, 2016) – Reminder of the spokesperson's statement

◢  Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria / France's contribution – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault

◢  India / Non-proliferation – India joins Missile Technology Control Regime (June 27, 2016)

◢  Madagascar – Attack (June 26, 2016)

◢  Lebanon – Attack in al-Qaa (June 27, 2016)

◢  Syria – Air raids (June 25-26, 2016)

◢  Somalia – Attack (June 25, 2016)

 
Saudi Arabia – Meetings held by Jean-Marc Ayrault (Paris - June 27-28, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will meet with Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's Minister of Defense on June 27. The following day, he will meet with his counterpart Adel al-Jubeir, who will take part in a panel discussion that will be open to the press, at the invitation of the Académie Diplomatique Internationale.

Jean-Marc Ayrault will review our common priorities together with his interlocutors: peace and security in the Middle East, including in Syria, Iraq and Yemen and the fight against terrorism. The discussions will also focus on the Middle East peace initiative.

The French-Saudi partnership will also be discussed, especially in preparation for the 3rd session of the French-Saudi Joint Commission which, by mutual agreement, will take place in the fall in order to take the "Saudi Vision 2030"—the Saudi reform plan—into account.



Organization of Islamic Cooperation – Iftar (Quai d'Orsay - June 27, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will host an iftar—the meal served to break the fast during Ramadan—at the Quai d'Orsay this evening.

Like every year, this event will provide an opportunity to honor the ambassadors of the member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. France maintains close ties with this organization, to which it has appointed a special envoy. France's main Islamic leaders will also attend the event.



Prague / Jean-Marc Ayrault's participation in a meeting of the Visegrad Group together with his German counterpart (June 27, 2016) – Reminder of the spokesperson's statement

Jean-Marc Ayrault will visit Prague this morning where he will take part in a meeting of the Visegrad Group together with his German counterpart. The Czech Republic currently chairs this group which also includes Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

The discussions will focus on the consequences of the British referendum:

A joint press conference is scheduled to take place at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 10:00 am (Details can be found here: http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/event_calendar/meeting_of_v4_foreign_ministers_and.html.



United Nations / International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26, 2016) – Reminder of the spokesperson's statement

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26, France reaffirms its determination to combat this inhumane and unacceptable practice.

Torture remains a reality. Thousands of political opponents, human rights activists, journalists, humanitarian workers, people who have been stigmatized due to their sexual orientation or have been detained for ordinary crimes continue to suffer as result of crackdowns by regimes, as in Syria, or to be subjected to abuse by terrorist groups.

France calls for the compliance, in all circumstances, with the absolute prohibition of torture. It calls on the states that have not yet done so to join the Convention against Torture as well as its optional protocol. No threat can justify the use of torture or the renunciation of the principles of humanity and the dignity of the human person.

We remain committed to combating impunity and standing up for the victims.



United Nations / International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (June 26, 2016) – Reminder of the spokesperson's statement

On the occasion of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26, France reaffirms its determination to combat this scourge, together with the international community.

The "Listen First!" international campaign was launched on this occasion to promote prevention policies aimed at young people by targeting parents, teachers as well as health professionals. More than 40 countries from 5 continents are involved in this initiative which is backed by France, Sweden, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Health Organization.

During its extraordinary session on April 19, the UN General Assembly adopted a statement encouraging the member states to strengthen their efforts to provide a comprehensive and balanced approach combining prevention, treatment and the fight against trafficking, while ensuring respect for human rights. We call on our partners to continue their efforts to address this scourge which poses a threat to public health and security.

For more information, please visit: https://www.unodc.org/listenfirst/.



Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria / France's contribution – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault

I welcome the announcement by President Hollande on June 26 of France's continued contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria amounting to €1.08 billion over the next three years (2017-2019).

France is the second largest contributor to the Global Fund. This is a powerful sign of our commitment to combatting the major pandemics.

The fight against AIDS and communicable diseases all over the world is one of France’s priorities. In addition to our financial support for the fund (more than €3.8 billion since 2002), we are mobilizing our research institutions. We are also mobilized to support local health systems and the persons affected, including with respect to their fundamental rights. France pioneered the creation of innovative financing methods, particularly the tax on airline tickets and on financial transactions.

I hope that on September 16 in Montreal the Fund will achieve its goal of mobilizing $13 billion for the next three years in order to save 8 million lives and prevent 300 million new infections.



India / Non-proliferation – India joins Missile Technology Control Regime (June 27, 2016)

France welcomes India's commitment to combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems.

of June 27, India is part of the Missile Technology Control Regime. France actively supported its membership, on which we worked jointly.

Its membership will help contain the proliferation of equipment liable to be used in missiles and drones capable of carrying weapons of mass destruction.

For more information, visit http://www.mtcr.info and https://www.government.nl/binaries/government/documents/publications/2016/06/27/chairs-statement-on-the-accession-of-the-republic-of-india-to-the-mtcr/160627-chairs-statement-on-india.pdf.



Madagascar – Attack (June 26, 2016)

France condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack that took place in Antananarivo on June 26, during celebrations of the national holiday.

We offer our condolences to the victims’ families and wish those injured a speedy recovery.

France assures the Madagascan authorities of our support in guaranteeing the country's security and stability.



Lebanon – Attack in al-Qaa (June 27, 2016)

France condemns today's terrorist attacks in al-Qaa which killed several people.

We offer our condolences to the victims' families and our solidarity to the injured.

France will continue to be actively involved in the international community's efforts to bring stability and security to Lebanon and its institutions.



Syria – Air raids (June 25-26, 2016)

France condemns the air raids carried out on June 25 and 26 by the Syrian regime and its supporters in Deir Es-Zor province, which left several dozen civilians dead.

France reiterates that it is imperative to do everything to protect civilian populations and abide by international humanitarian law.



Somalia – Attack (June 25, 2016)

France condemns the attack carried out on June 25 by the terrorist group al-Shabaab in Mogadishu, which left many dead.

We offer their families our condolences.

France expresses its solidarity with the Somali authorities and the forces of the African Union Mission in Somalia in their fight against terrorism. Together with our partners, particularly those in the European Union, we stand by their side.


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